The Dietary Management Certificate Program is designed to prepare students for entry level foodservice managerial positions in hospitals, long term care facilities, assisted living centers, contract companies, schools and correctional facilities. Upon graduation, students will be able to prepare nutritious menus, purchase, receive and store foods, maintain food safety and sanitation standards, manage personnel, and maintain basic quality assurance and budgetary reports for health care facilities.
This program is completed in one year and includes both academic course work and a field experience to provide students an opportunity to develop essential skills within the workplace under the guidance of qualified professionals. Program participants who have a CGPA of 3.0 and B or better in nutrition and foodservice courses have the opportunity to complete a 150 hour field placement in accredited hospital and nursing home dietary departments, thereby meeting requirements of the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP). The field placement will be managed by the Program Director and coordinated by the facility's Registered Dietitian. Twenty Five of the 50 required clinical hours of training will be working directly with a Registered Dietitian and the remaining hours will be working with Foodservice Managers. Non-Nutritional Field Experience may be waived if student has a minimum of two years full-time managerial experience in a non-commercial foodservice organization such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, military, correctional and community feeding programs.
The Dietary Manager Certificate is accredited by the Association of Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) and upon successful completion of the program students are eligible for the Credentialing Exam. Successfully writing the exam will enable students to become Certified Dietary Managers and ANFP members. Students are eligible for Pre-Professional ANFP membership. As part of accreditation, the program director will alert ANFP within two weeks of names and address of new students, graduates, program director and program changes. Information on ANFP membership and accreditation can be found by contacting:
Association Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals
406 Surrey Woods Drive
St. Charles, IL 60174
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